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  • Monday, September 4: Nationals 7, Marlins 2

    Despite three throwing errors, the Nationals defeat the fading Marlins, 7-2. Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon account for all of the Nationals 7 runs. Murphy goes 3 for 5, with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI, while Rendon is 3 for 4, scores 1 run and drives in 4. Both Murphy and Rendon homered.

    Nat's starting pitcher A.J. Cole gets the winning decision, pitching 5.2 innings, with 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned and 4 walks allowed. Relief men Matt Albers, Matt Kintzer, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle shut out Miami for the final 3.1 innings. Adam Conley of Miami is the losing pitcher, laboring through 4 innings of 4 hit, 3 run ball.

    Final Line: Nationals: 7 runs, 8 hits, 3 errors, Marlins: 2 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors

    Next Game: Tuesday, September 5 at Miami, 7:10 ET

    Nationals Record: 83-54


    • Tuesday September 5: Nationals 2, Marlins 1

      Stephen Strasburg extends his scoreless inning streak to 26 as the Nationals defeat Miami. Running his record to 12-4, Strasburg strikes out 8 and walks none. Miami starter Odrisamer Despaigne pitches well enough (7 IP, 5 hits,1 run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts), but remains winless on the season.

      The Nationals runs came from the bats of Pedro Severino and Daniel Murphy. Severino stroked an RBI single in the second and Murphy homered in the eight. Miami scored an unearned run in the ninth off Sean Doolittle.

      Final Line: Nationals: 2 runs, 8, hits, 1 error, Marlins, 1 run, 7 hits 1 error

      Nationals Record: 84-54


      • Wednesday, September 6: Nationals: 8, Marlins 1

        With tonight's rout of the free falling Marlins, the Nationals magic number is now 6 to clinch the NL East. Gio Gonzalez picks up his 14th win and his 4th win against 0 losses in 2017 vs Miami. Limited to 5 innings due to throwing 101 pitches, Gonzalez permits 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and strikes out 4. Highly touted Miami prospect, P Dillon Peters, absorbs his first major league loss. While striking out 6 in 5 innings, Peters surrenders 6 hits and 3 runs.

        Ryan Zimmerman collected 2 RBI's and 3 runs scored on a 3 for 5 evening, which included his 31st home run. Other Nationals joining the hit parade were Anthony Rendon (2 hits and a RBI), Trea Turner (2 hits) and Michael Taylor (2 hits, 1 RBI).

        Final Line: Nationals: 8 runs, 12 hits, 1 error, Marlins: 1 run, 6 hits, 0 errors

        Next Game: Thursday, September 7 vs Philadelphia, 7:10 ET

        Nationals Record: 85-54


        • Thursday, September 7: Nationals 4, Phillies 3

          During the first month of the season, it seemed as though these two teams squared off in every game. In their first meeting with the Phillies since Mothers Day, the Nationals come from behind to vanquish the Phils, 4-3.

          Tanner Roark gets the winning decision, pitching 6 innings with 7 hits allowed, 3 runs, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. The trio of Matt Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle preserve the victory with 3 innings of 1 hit, no run ball. For the basement dwelling Phillies, Aaron Nola goes 5.1 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 of them earned, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts in a no decision. Adam Morgan is the losing pitcher of record with 1.2 IP, 2 hits and 1 run.

          Philadelphia jumped out to a 3-1 lead aided by solo homers from Jorge Alfaro and Tommy Joseph and a RBI single from Freddy Galvis. In the sixth, the Nationals rallied for three runs to take the lead. A RBI double from Matt Wieter trimmed the deficit to 3-2. Three batters later, Trea Turner's two run single put the Nationals ahead to stay for good.

          Final Line: Nationals: 4 runs, 10 hits, 1 error, Phillies: 3 runs, 8 hits, 1 error

          Next Game: Friday, September 8 vs Philadelphia, 7:10 ET

          Nationals Record: 86-54


          • Friday September 8: Nationals 11, Phillies 10

            The Nationals move closer to clinching the NL East with an ugly 11-10 victory. Michael A. Taylor stars with an inside the park grand slam, a RBI triple and an assist that prevented a Phillies run. Taylor was 4 for 5 at the plate with 5 RBI.

            Philadelphia jumped on starter Max Scherzer for three runs in the first on a Nick Williams three run homer. Scherzer settled down and went 6 innings with 6 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts to pick up his 14th victory. Sean Doolittle strikes out the side in the ninth for save number 20. On the opposite side, Jake Thompson permitted 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks and 0 strikeouts in 5 innings for the loss. Yacksel Rios is more generous in his one inning of work, giving up 5 hits and 3 runs, including a Trea Turner two run homer.

            Final Line: Nationals: 11 runs, 16 hits, 0 errors, Phillies:10 runs, 14 hits, 2 errors

            Next Game: Saturday, September 9 vs Philadelphia, 7:10 ET

            Nationals Record: 87-54


            • Saturday, September 9: Phillies 5, Nationals 4

              Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco both homer to lead Philadelphia past the Nationals, 5-4.

              Starter Edwin Jackson was charged with the loss with 3.1 IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. In relief of Jackson, Washington's bullpen kept the Phillies scoreless, with the exception of Sammy Solis allowing an inherited run on a Hoskins bases loaded walk. For the visitors, Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. strikes out 8 over 6 innings, while allowing 4 runs on 6 hits to get his 3rd win. The Phillies bullpen does its job in protecting the lead with three scoreless innings.

              Final Line: Phillies: 5 runs, 9 hits, 1 error, Nationals: 4 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors

              Next Game: Sunday, September 10 vs Philadelphia, 1:35 ET

              Nationals Record: 87-55


              • Sunday, September 10: Nationals 3, Phillies 2

                The Nationals clinch the NL East by virtue of their win over the Phillies and Miami's extra inning loss in Atlanta. For the Nationals, it is their fourth NL East title in six seasons.

                Extending his scoreless inning streak to 34, Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 in an 8 inning gem to secure his 14th win. The pesky Phillies put up a fight in the ninth against Ryan Madson, who allowed his first runs as a National. The Phillies' Ben Lively tosses a rare complete game facing a Washington lineup that was resting its regulars. Lively's line is 8 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts in a losing effort.

                Strasburg and Lively traded zeros until the bottom of the sixth. Adrian Sanchez doubled home Trea Turner to put Washington in the lead. A RBI double from Victor Robles, his first hit and first RBI in the majors, resulted in the Nationals upping their lead to 2-0. A one out home run from Turner in the eighth made it a 3-0 cushion. Philadelphia's only scoring came from Nick Williams two run single off Madson.

                Final Line: Nationals: 3 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, Phillies: 2 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors

                Next Game: Tuesday, September 12 vs Atlanta, 7:05 ET

                Nationals Record: 88-55


                • Tuesday, September 12: Braves 8, Nationals 0

                  Home runs from Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies pave the way for Atlanta's blanking of the Nationals. Overall, the NL East champs looked flat in all phases of the game.

                  Starter Gio Gonzalez struggles through 5 innings, with 5 runs allowed, to drop to 14-7. The only bright spot was Gonzalez's 8 strikeouts. For the visiting Braves, Julio Teheran climbs back to .500 with 7 shutout innings and helped himself with a RBI single.

                  Final Line: Braves: 8 runs, 14 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 0 runs, 9 hits, 1 error

                  Next Game: Wednesday, September 13 vs Atlanta, 7:05 ET

                  Nationals Record: 88-56


                  • Wednesday, September 13: Braves 8, Nationals 2

                    With the way the Nationals have played the last two games, they will get swept in the NLDS. Veteran Matt Kemp's grand slam off Brandon Kintzler in the seventh catapults the Braves to the victory.

                    In perhaps his worst start of this season, losing pitcher Max Scherzer allows 7 runs on 7 hits in 6 plus innings and walks a season high 6 batters. Walking the bases loaded in the seventh, Scherzer permitted a two run single to Danby Swanson that broke a 2-2 tie. After an intentional walk to Freddie Freeman, Scherzer was lifted for Kintzler. Kemp lined the first pitch thrown by Kintzler for the grand slam, giving Atlanta the 8-2 margin.

                    September call up Luis Gohara of the Braves bewildered the Nationals batters for most of the night. Settling in after giving up a RBI double to Anthony Rendon in the first, Gohara gained his first big league win. Gohara's line was 6 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 ER, 0 walks and 6 K's. Three Atlanta relievers allowed only one Washington baserunner over the final three frames to secure the win.

                    Final Line: Braves: 8 runs, 10 hits, 1 error, Nationals: 2 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors

                    Next Game: Thursday, September 14 vs Atlanta, 7:05 ET

                    Nationals Record: 88-57


                    • Thursday September 14: Nationals 5, Braves 2

                      Giving most of his veteran lineup the night off, manager Dusty Baker starts the backups and youngsters. Baker's gambit pays off with a 5-2 Nationals win.

                      One of the few graybeards in the Nationals starting lineup, 38 year old Jayson Werth, commenced the Nationals scoring with a run scoring single in the first. Washington plated two more runs in the fourth. A RBI triple from Washington prospect Victor Robles, his first major league RBI, and a Pedro Severino force out made it 3-0 Nationals. Atlanta rookie Ozzie Albies two run dinger in the fifth off starter Tanner Roark cut the Nationals lead to one run, 3-2. Scoring concluded for both clubs after Adrian Sanchez's two run double in the sixth put Washington back ahead by three runs.

                      Roark was steady in his six innings of work. Continuing his second half turnaround, Roark struck out 7, walked 1, and allowed 4 hits on 2 runs to mark his 13th win of the year. Sean Doolittle remains perfect in 18 save opportunities in a National uniform. Before leaving due to a finger cut, Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz was hit around for 3 runs on 4 hits in 3 IP. Foltynewicz won-loss record is 10-13.

                      Final Line: Nationals: 5 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors, Braves: 2 runs, 5 hits, 1 error

                      Next Game: Friday, September 15 vs the LA Dodgers, 7:05 ET. A big series even though both teams have clinched playoff berths. The 94-52 Dodgers to be breaking out of their three week slump that featured an 11 game losing streak.

                      Nationals Record: 89-57


                      • Injury updates:

                        Backup C Jose Lobaton sustained a left ankle contusion after getting hit by a pitch from Mike Folynewicz during tonight's game. More than likely, Lobaton will head to the 10 day DL.

                        2B Daniel Murphy has sat out the last two game with a stiff neck. His status is day to day.

                        On the DL since August 13 with a hyperextended and bruised left knee, as well as a strained calf, Bryce Harper has started hitting off a batting tee and playing catch. Before tonight's game, Harper was running lightly along the warning track testing his injured knee. It is hoped among the Nationals brass that Harper can return for Game 1 of the NLDS.

                        Stephen Drew, on the DL with an abdominal strain, has been taking batting practice and fielding ground balls. While Drew hopes to come back this season, manager Dusty Baker said it would take a "miracle" due to time running out on the season.

                        The Washington Post reports that P Koda Glover has been shut down for the remainder of this season. Glover is on the 60 day DL with what is officially a back injury, but the 24 year old has also experienced hip and shoulder pain, according to the Post.



                        • Friday September 16: Dodgers 7, Nationals 0

                          With an outside chance to catch the Dodgers for the NL's best record, the Nationals looked like an amateur team during tonight's loss to LA. Simply put, the Dodgers came ready to play.

                          Kicking off the scoring in the first, former Met cast off Justin Turner's 20th home run put the Dodgers in front for a quick 1-0 lead. A five run second inning put the game out of reach for the Nats. A lead off home run from perennial underachiever Yusiel Puig made it 2-0. Old National nemesis Chase Utley followed with a double and scored on an Andre Either ground rule double that RF Jayson Werth lost in the lights. The nightmarish inning was made complete when Corey Seager socked a three run homer. In the third, a RBI force out from Utley gave the Dodgers a 7-0 lead.

                          Picking up his 15th win, the Dodgers Alex Wood mowed through the Nationals lineup with 8 strikeouts in 6 innings. Overall, the Nationals cobbled together just four hits of the trio of Wood, Pedro Baez and Brock Stewart. In his third straight poor outing, former Dodger Edwin Jackson is pummeled for 6 hits and 7 runs in only 2.1 IP. With the game out of hand, six National relievers did a fine job of holding LA to 3 hits and 7 stikeouts in 6.1 innings.

                          Final Line: Dodgers: 7 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 0 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors

                          Next Game: Saturday, September 17 vs LA Dodgers, 1:05 ET

                          Nationals Record: 89-58


                          • Saturday, September 16: Dodgers 3, Nationals 2

                            Sorry for this post being a day late. Behind a solo home run and two RBI from Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers make it two wins in a row against the Nationals. Bellinger's second inning home run tied the NL rookie record held by Wally Berger of the 1930 Boston Braves and Frank Robinson of the 1956 Reds.

                            Eleven pitchers saw action for both clubs, six for LA and five for the Nationals. LA starter Rich Hill obtains the victory and Washington starter A.J. Cole gets the loss. Hill's only hit given up was an Anthony Rendon two run homer in the fourth. In 5 innings, Hill struck out 7 and walked 2. For the 2-5 Cole, he pitched 5 plus innings, permitting 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Following Cole's departure, four National relief pitchers frustrated the LA batsmen, striking out 5 and allowing only one base runner.

                            Final Line: Dodgers: 3 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors. Nationals: 2 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors

                            Next Game: Sunday, September 18 vs LA Dodgers, 8:05 ET

                            Nationals Record: 89-59


                            • Sunday, September 17: Nationals 7, Dodgers 1

                              Stephen Strasburg scoreless inning streak comes to an end at 35.2 innings with Logan Forsythe's run scoring double in the second. That would be the only run Strasburg permits as the Nationals offense, behind Ryan Zimmerman's two home runs and four RBI, show signs of life in a much needed victory.

                              Strasburg nets his 14th win, striking out 8 in 6 innings of 3 hit ball. Matt Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle toss scoreless innings to wrap things up. LA starter Hyun-Jin Ryu does not factor into the decision, having been pulled in the fifth inning after issuing back to back walks to Strasburg and Trea Turner. The losing pitcher of record is Ross Stripling, whose 3 runs allowed in 1.1 innings came from Zimmerman's three run blast in the sixth, which put the Nats in the lead. Zimmerman's second home run was off Seth Ravin in the eighth. Also going deep off Ravin in the same frame was pinch hitter Adam Lind, who connected for a two run homer.

                              Final Line: Nationals: 7 runs, 8 hits, 1 error, Dodgers: 1 run, 5 hits, 0 errors

                              Next Game: Tuesday, September 19 at Atlanta, 7:35 ET

                              Nationals Record: 90-59


                              • Tuesday September 19: Nationals 4, Braves 2

                                Ryan Zimmerman surpasses 100 RBI for the first time since 2009 with two RBI singles as the Nationals take care of Atlanta.

                                Picking up his 15th win against 6 losses, Max Scherzer bounces back from a sub par outing last Wednesday with 7 strikeouts in 7 IP, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs. Sean Doolittle records his 22nd save. For the Braves, Luis Gohara is unable to duplicate his success against the Nats from last week, giving up 11 hits and 4 runs in 6.1 innings. With the loss, Gohara's record is now 1-2.

                                In addition to Zimmerman's RBI's, Trea Turner knocked in a run with a single and Anthony Rendon hit a RBI double for an insurance run in the eighth.

                                Final Line: Nationals: 4 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors, Braves: 2 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors

                                Next Game: Wednesday, September 20 at Atlanta, 7:35 ET

                                Nationals Record: 91-59


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